Below are resources where you can learn more about college entrance exams, take practice tests, get test taking tips and more!
- College Board: Information on the SAT and the registration process
- ACT: Information on the ACT and the registration process
- Khan Academy: Free study support and practice tests
Can't decide between the SAT and ACT? Check out our comparison tool below!
|Purpose||Assessment Test: measures what you know (like a cumulative final)||Aptitude Test: measures your ability to use what you know to solve problems|
English: grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, style
|Critical Reading: Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph‐length critical reading
Math: Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis
Writing: Multiple choice questions (grammar and usage) and student‐ written essay
|Length of Exam||2 hour and 55 minutes (add 40 minutes for the essay)||3 hours (add 50 minutes for the essay)|
|How questions appear||No order of difficulty||In order of difficulty|
|Scoring method||Scores based on number of right answers only. No penalty for wrong answers||No penalty for wrong answers on the Redesigned SAT|
|Scoring||1‐36 for each subject, averaged together for the composite score||Section scores are individual scores for the two main sections of the SAT (reading/writing and math). Maximum score on the SAT is 800+800=1600|
|Based on school curriculum||More||Less|
|Practice Test||PLAN: taken typically in fall of sophomore year||PSAT: taken typically in fall of junior year|
|Best time to take the real test||BEST: Spring of Junior Year
2nd Best: Early fall of Senior year
|BEST: Spring of Junior Year
2nd Best: Early fall of Senior year
|When should you register?||At least 4 weeks before the test date||At least 6 weeks before the test date|
|Should you prepare for the test?||ABSOLUTELY
(although your bet preparation is to do your best in high school courses)
|How to prepare||Free sample test from high school counseling center; on‐line help from website below; test prep books for purchase||Free sample test from high school counseling center; on‐line help from website below; test prep books for purchase|
|Cost (fee waivers available)||$46.00 for ACT (no writing)
$62.50 for ACT plus writing
Late Registration: add $29.50
|Regular Registration, SAT: $46.00
SAT w/ essay: $60.00
Late Registration: add $29.00
|For more information||ACT
- The California State University System (CSU)
- The University of California System (UC)
- Common Application
- Tuition Comparison
Choosing Your Major
- ASVAB Career Exploration Program: You can use this website to find resources that will help you determine how your skills, interests, and values come together to select a career path that is the best fit for you.
- Big Future: This guide goes in depth into topics like what a major is, why you should choose one and how it applies to your professional life.
- Glassdoor: Research job opportunities in your chosen field to make sure that you are on the right education path for your professional goals.
- Live Career: Get Resume, Cover Letter, and College Admission Essay support.
Scholarship & Senior Information
Scholarships are an awarded grant or payment made to support a student's education. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit or other achievements and do not need to be repaid.
Below are links to scholarship resources for local High School Seniors and College Students:
- Reach Higher Shasta Scholarship Database
- McConnell Scholarship
- Shasta College Scholarship Opportunities
During senior year, students must fill out the Free Application For Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. Below are resources that help thoroughly explain the FAFSA and different aspects of Financial Literacy.
Federal Student Aid: This site is where you (and your parents) will create an FSA ID (electronic signature) and fill out the FAFSA.